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Origin England, United Kingdom
Genres Progressive metal, symphonic metal, groove metal, death metal
Years active 2007–2017
Labels Candlelight
Website www.xerath.net
Members Richard Thomson
Christopher Clark
Michael Pitman
Conor McGouran

Xerath were a British heavy metal band from England. The band formed in 2007, and they have gained more recognition after the release of their debut album I (One) via Candlelight Records in 2009.

Containing elements of progressive, death, thrash and symphonic metal, Xerath's music is characterized by the mix of polyrhythmic guitar riffing and drumming, with orchestral and symphonic elements. Xerath cite their influences as Strapping Young Lad, Dimmu Borgir, and Opeth as well as film score composition and an eclectic mix of other bands and genres.


Formation of band[edit]

Xerath was formed in 2007 by guitarist Andy Phillips, drummer Michael Pitman and Bassist / Guitarist Owain Williams. Xerath was originally started as an experiment to combine Film score style composition with syncopated guitar rhythms and crushing metal grooves. In 2007, Xerath won the Terrorizer Magazine best unsigned band competition based on reader votes. In early 2008, Xerath signed their first record deal with Candlelight Records,[1][2] best known for acts such as Emperor and Opeth. Xerath released their debut CD entitled I (One) in May 2009, their second album II (Two) was released on 3 May 2011 and their last album III (Three) was released in September 2014.

Xerath made their first notable live performance at Bloodstock Open Air festival in the UK.[3]

Xerath announced their disbandment in 2017 via an announcement on their facebook page. Along with said announcement, they posted a link to their final recorded song "Regret" which had been uploaded to youtube.

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